Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Hard Work of Love

I have always found that movies based on books tend to suffer by comparison. It is a different kind of medium and, obviously, movie scripts are written with an eye towards the “bottom line”. One of these books turned into … Continue reading

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Wilberforce, religion, and the public sector

William Wilberforce, (1759-1833), personified religious influence in the public sector. While today we may remember Wilberforce’s opposition to Charles Darwin’s evolutionary discoveries, there was another side to Wilberforce’s public statements. Wilberforce was a evangelical Christian in England. Because of his … Continue reading

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The Collapse of Urban Centers and Why it Matters to People of Faith

David Bentley Hart, editor at large for the journal, First Things and the author of The Devil and Pierre Gernet, has written the article, “No Enduring City” for First Things. In that article, he wrote: “One of the temperamental advantages … Continue reading

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Faith and Poverty: The Intersection of Religion and Public Policy

It is in advocacy for the poor that religion has endeavored to affect public policy the most over the years. There is an old prayer that reads, “Make us one with the poor, O Lord: that we might see the … Continue reading

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Visions and the Public Sector

Is there a place in the public sector or in civil society for visionaries? Conversely, can society afford to entertain visionaries with religious motivations an inclinations? A philosopher named, Nicholas Wolterstorff said, as quoted by Bruce Main in his book, … Continue reading

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The Founders Were Doing Politics, not Theology

George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the ethics and public policy center and member of the board of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, has written on American religion and public policy in the August/September 2013 issue of the … Continue reading

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Life Cannot Be Treated as if it were a gathering of separated parts

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel has written a number of essays that are on the mark. One of those that I found in a collection edited by his daughter, Susannah, is entitled, No Time for Neutrality. In it Heschel wrote: “One … Continue reading

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